Press ReleaseIowa City Public Library celebrates legacy of Lolly Eggers, Former Library Director

The Iowa City Public Library celebrates the life and legacy of former library director, Lolly (Parker) Eggers with a new digital exhibit, “Lolly’s Legacy.” 

Eggers began work at ICPL in June of 1969 immediately after earning her MA in library science from the University of Iowa. As director, a role she served in from 1974-1994, Lolly was instrumental in elevating the Library into the institution it is today. She introduced ICPL to strategic planning, professional collection development methods, tracking statistics, in-service day, and an online catalog. She built community support for the Library levy as well as a new building. 

After her retirement, Lolly researched and wrote a history of the Library, “A Century of Stories, the history of the Iowa City Public Library, 1896-1997.”

To view the digital exhibit exploring her life and honoring her contributions to ICPL and the community, go to

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

The Iowa City Public Library is a center of community life that connects people of all ages with information, engages them with the world of ideas and with each other, and enriches the community by supporting learning, promoting literacy, and encouraging creativity.